International Rose Test Garden

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland Oregon was started in 1917. It is the oldest continually operated public rose test garden in the United States. There are over 650 varieties and 10,000 Rose bushes. The scent in the air is heavenly. If only someone could bottle it up… Wait… That’s called perfume!

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Donuts and bikes!!!

This morning I met my supper club for…. Donuts! They hit up 3 donut shops, while I only went to two. The original plan was 5, but the sugar got the best of us. Round trip on bikes… maybe 8 miles, just enough to burn some deliciousness off of our thighs. It was great fun and Portland is crazy for donuts!

Nola doughnuts, my favorite was the s’mores donut!!

Blue Star

Yes, they line up for donuts!

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Shape of Speed

The Portland museum is featuring the coolest installation right now though september. It’s called, “The Shape of Speed.” Streamlined cars from the 1930’s and 40’s are the subject. I went with my meet up group that I’ve been a member of since last September. More of that in the following post! Now for some pictures…

1938 Tatra T77A

1934 Chrysler Imperial Series CV Airflow Coupe

Stayer Model 55

1937 Airomobile… Not sure why this one didn’t catch on…I think it’s cool!

1936 Stout Scarab

1938 Delahaye 135M Roadster

1939 Panhard and Levassor Type X81 Dynamic Sedan

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Bertone Berlinetta…I could cruise through Tuscany in this!!

1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe… This one is held together by rivets because the metal is Elektron…a highly flammable magnesium and aluminum alloy that was difficult to weld.

A spectacular installation Portland Museum!!

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Friends, Kings, Masons, and peanut butter…

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What a great weekend! It started on Wednesday with a visit from my neighbors in Mammoth, Jeff and Kelly.

We hiked and ate pasta. What could be better?? Then on Friday my friend Kurt from Mammoth was also in town and we had a great dinner at Red Onion Thai on Northwest 23rd. No picture though… Bummer. On Saturday morning after the perfect almond croissant and coffee from St. Honoré Bakery, it was time for a mild walk down the Wilson River trail. Tons of wildflowers.



Foxgloves!! If you don’t know how these are tied to Vincent Van Gogh… Click here




Sick and wrong!


Wild roses!!



My friend Tim and I decided that the hike was nice but we needed more of a challenge, so we headed for Kings mountain…


It is a 5 mile round trip hike with 2500 feet of elevation gain. This cat, bugs, did most of it, but in places where a rest was in order, hitchhiked on his owners shoulders. I tried to climb on Tim’s shoulders but he wouldn’t have it for some reason…


I thought this was Indian paintbrush but it’s something else…. Any guesses?


Bear grass… So cool


Bear grass up close…. Gorgeous




Gorgeous view from above with a curtain of rain approaching!


The ferns at the bottom of the trail were amazing… At least 4 feet tall. Very prehistoric looking!


Crazy looking mushroom…


Then it was onto McMennamins Grand Lodge. This was a Free Masons Lodge that was built in the 1920’s. The hidden details at the McMennamins properties are always so cool and fun to find.


The weekend was finished off with homemade bread and peanut butter a la Tim! The food processor that the peanut butter was made with took all of 3 minutes to whip up smooth creamy (or chunky if you prefer) peanut butter. Cinnamon was added to the peanut butter to give it a special kick! //” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>check out food processor here!

The breadmaker that was used is quite the beaut! The bread was amazingly fluffy and the best part about it…you know what’s in your bread when you make it yourself. //” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Check out breadmaker here!

I hope you had a great weekend too! 3